CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Millions of dollars in welfare benefits are ending up in banks' pockets each year when poor Californians access their taxpayer-funded benefits, according to state statistics and a report released Tuesday. Like many other states, California issues electronic cards to welfare recipients so they can withdraw public assistance from ATMs. Last year, $18.9 million was spent on ATM fees. The year before they topped $19.4 million. The state welfare system allows recipients to make four free withdrawals per month at ATMs run by MoneyPass, part of U.S. Bank.
June 29, 2001 |
WingspanBank.com, the Internet-only bank that Bank One Corp. opened two years ago "with the promise of revolutionizing the way people manage their finances," is shutting its virtual doors. Chicago-based Bank One, the No. 5 U.S. bank, said Thursday it will close Wingspan after mid-September to cut its "substantial expense." Spokesman Thomas Kelly wouldn't quantify the expected savings. He said customers were notified by e-mail that their 225,000 accounts will be shifted to Bankone.
June 7, 2001 |
Bank of America Corp., the largest U.S. bank by deposits, said it plans to exit equities and merger and acquisition advisory businesses in as many as 12 emerging markets to focus on more profitable debt operations. The changes will affect about 100 staff and will span Singapore, Hong Kong and India in Asia as well as markets in Eastern Europe and Latin America.
November 8, 2000 |
Bank One Corp., the No. 4 U.S. bank holding company, named Philip Heasley, a former U.S. Bancorp president, to run its troubled First USA credit card operation. Heasley, 51, will become chairman and chief executive of First USA on Jan. 1, succeeding William Boardman, 59, who will retire in mid-2001. First USA, the third-largest credit card issuer with 53.6 million cardholders, has been a sore spot for Chicago-based Bank One for more than a year.
April 6, 2004 |
Bank of America Corp., the nation's No. 2 bank, said Monday that it planned to cut 12,500 jobs over the next two years as a result of its $48-billion purchase of FleetBoston Financial Corp. The cuts amount to about 7% of the combined banks' workforce of more than 180,000. Bank of America said about 30% of the cuts would be through attrition.
August 2, 2007 |
Biola University in La Mirada has sued Bank of America Corp. and BNP Paribas, saying the banks conspired to overcharge the Christian school for $84.2 million of derivatives. In its suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Biola said the banks misled it into believing that it paid a fair price for four derivatives it bought in 2002 and 2004. The contracts were tied to tax-exempt bonds the college sold. Bank of America, the second-biggest U.S.
November 23, 2006 |
JPMorgan Chase & Co., the third-biggest U.S. bank, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle claims that the company's Bank One unit discriminated against hundreds of employees on long-term medical leave, the government said Wednesday. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed Bank One, which JPMorgan acquired in 2004, violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to properly accommodate employees whose medical leaves exceeded six months.
April 21, 1991
Maybe, just maybe, the American dream is not dead for the urban poor in California and Massachusetts. Hard work may still mean a chance to own a home or business, now that two major banks have committed billions of dollars in loan programs to help minority and low-income residents. The commitments from Bank of America and the Bank of Boston are commendable, but they are not altruistic--just good business.
March 21, 1997 |
First Bank System Inc. on Thursday agreed to acquire U.S. Bancorp for about $9 billion in stock, fulfilling a long-sought goal of expanding to the West Coast. First Bank's acquisition of Portland, Ore.-based U.S. Bancorp would form the 14th-largest U.S. bank, with $70 billion in assets and 1,000 branches from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.
February 2, 2004 |
Kim Saunders left a vibrant financial institution in Washington for a rescue mission: reviving a century-old black-owned bank hobbled by bad loans and dogged by government regulators. "Everyone should do everything to keep it operating," said Saunders, president and chief executive of Consolidated Bank & Trust Co. "I think it's a national treasure." She doesn't have much time.